Darklords have been one the top performing decks (especially through swiss) for the past few weeks but have been painted as a major target with players side decking and even main decking Necrovalley and Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror, leading to its downfall in the Top 32.
Invoked Neos has found instant success upon release after winning its first Meta Weekly and MCS. I have no doubt that its undeniable Tier 1 status will lead to an increase in the usage of Mispolymerization in the side and perhaps, in the main deck.
Darklords are still winning multiple tournaments per week and will continue to be Top Tier. Their matchup against Invoked Neos is good, so it is defenitly possible to call them the strongest deck in the meta currently. World Legacy Clash is the MVP here. Their weakness is against side deck cards like Necrovalley, Bad Reaction to Simochi and Cash Back, which results in more usage of Cosmic Cyclone and Hey, Trunade!. Blast Held by a Tribute is a cool tech for the mirror match aswell. Until the next KCC darklords will stay Tier 1 unless Konami will drop the banhammer on Darklord Contact or The Sanctified Darklord.
Invoked Neos managed to win the recent MCS and deserves to be Tier 1. Not only has the standard build with Flip Flop Frog and Bacon Saver been successful, but multiple other tech cards like Tackle Crusader, The Regulation of Tribe and Yaksha are being used. Even 1 build without the Invoked engine managed to get Top 8 in the MCS by using 3 Gale Lizard and its OTK potential with Neos Fusion and A/D Changer or even Concentrating Current. Lava Golem is being used more and more in the main to counter Darklords and Six Samuarais.
Darklords continue to dominate the meta. Best deck of the format in my opinion - Nothing has changed. Deck continues to be too oppresive for the rest of the decks in the meta - Tier 1 no doubt.
Neos is very consistent now thanks to Keeper of Dragon Magic, has lots of ways to deal with different match ups and is able to side into anything to make those match up easier due to having a lot of tech space. These are some of the many reasons why this deck is Tier 1 worthy.
I think that it isn’t necessary to go into details with this deck, we have all seen its power in tournaments and PVP. Worthy of being in Tier 1, Darklord is a deck that can face almost any deck (if not all of them) without major problems.
The big surprise of the new world. Neos has stood out in almost every tournament since its launch, being the big star of the last MCS. Neos is a deck that adapts effectively to a wide variety of staples, in addition to its great destructive power, and the inability of the adversary to target Invoked Cocytus, makes it a deck more than worthy of being in Tier 1.
Neos had a strong showing in the MCS this weekend. Whilst the Invoked Neos variant saw a lot of usage, we also saw a non-invoked variant perform well utilising triple Gale Lizard and A/D Changer to setup OTK’s with Neos Fusion.
Darklords is the strongest deck at this point. The ability to side into Posthumous Army makes the deck even stronger by stopping Fortune Lady Every, Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En, Spellbook of Fate + Silent Magician, BM-4 Blast Spider, and Desperado Barrel Dragon.
Desperado was seen as one of the strongest counter to Darklords due to the deck’s flexibility in playing Necrovalley and counter-traps. However, the rise of the Invoked engine has allowed players to easily summon Invoked Cocytus, forcing Desperado players to play uncommon tech cards such as Machine Assembly Line and hurting the overall consistency of the deck.
A perfect Six Samurai hand which allows players to set up Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En and backrow sets is extremely difficult for any deck to play through. The reoccurring problem with this deck has been it’s consistency. However, the new trend of playing 2 semi-limited Shien’s Dojo in the main deck (and one semi-limited Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi in the side deck) has improved their performance within the past couple of weeks. However, it is still difficult to see this deck having any type of sustained success within the current meta.
Desperado continues to stay Tier 2 mostly due to the good results in the MCS. In other tournaments this week Desperado underperformed with a low top cut representation. Anti-meta versions with Necrovalley + Flip Flop Frog in the main had good results. The problem of the Counter Trap version stays the same: multiple Desperado / Counter Traps without parsath are not enough against the meta, but with Cup of Ace they are still very dangerous going first. Solemn Scolding was an interesting tech card used by by the MCS Top 4 Desperado player.
Even though the MCS results were not that great, Six Samurais have won a lot of tournaments recently. Thanks to main or side decking Necrovalley for Darklords and traps like Six Style - Dual Wield, Dimensional Prison and Mispolymerization for Neos they have always a chance to win against both Tier 1 decks. On the other hand, Six Samurai can lose to their own bricks/mediocre hands, where a single Neos Fusion can already put them in a lot of danger. Beatdown is the go-to Skill and is going hand in hand with multiple usages of Grandmaster of the Six Samurai.
Six Samurais can be very oppresive if it opens up ideal and now it s more likely to happen since players are trending towards 2 Shien’s Dojo. However the deck is too linear and its plays are very predictable and its not consistent enough to make those crazy boards as much as its needed to keep with the Tier 1 decks for now.
Desperado was one of the strongest decks due to the large number of Darklords (who this deck can face without major problems), but now that the variety of decks is even greater (Special mention to Invoked Neos), Desperado is not up to par with expectations
One of my favorite decks. Six Sams shone this last week in tournaments with the addition of 2 Shien’s Dojo instead of 1, which greatly increased the consistency of the deck. While this new style of playing helped the deck, it doesn’t work miracles, Six Samurais is still quite inconsistent and that is why it is located in Tier 2.
Six Samurais have won a number of tourneys over the past week, following the transition to running 2 Shien’s Dojo. The increased usage of Sams is to the deck’s detriment as the mirror match is a coinflip. Will be interesting to see how the deck performs over the coming week.
The primary strength of Desperado in this meta is a strong matchup against Darklords, but their weakness to the Invoked engine limits how far they can go. Six Samurais are emerging to be a similar floodgate strategy while not having an inherent weakness to Invoked Cocytus and may result in further demotion of Desperado.
Six Sams are on the rise again. They suffer from consistency issues, but their strongest hands are nearly unbeatable for many decks. They can easily overwhelm even Darklords if they open godly.
Desperado is still a solid option this meta. Their main strength is a good Darklord match up, however not being able to deal with Invoked Cocytus hurts them a lot. They’re reliant on their side deck to deal with it.
Six Samurais has access to one of the deadliest combos in Necrovalley + Legendary Six Samurai - Shi En that stops most of the current meta decks. The deck remains in Tier 2 due to its less than stellar consistency.
The pure Invoked deck has given the community quite the spectacle with its unquestionable consistency under the Light and Dark Skill, often giving player the ability to choose between Aleister the Invoker and Silent Magician. Players will need to be extremely weary of Invoked Cocytus’ ability to OTK with Concentrating Current when combined with the ATK boosts from Invoker’s in-hand effect.
Spellbooks struggles against decks that swarm the field with monsters since Spellbook of Fate can only deal with one monster per turn - which both the Tier 1 decks in Neos and Darklords do on a consistent basis. Even so, I can see Spellbooks as a dark-horse with thought out techs and side deck cards.
Fortune Ladies continue to stay at Tier 3 due to their good matchup vs Invoked Neos. Six Samurai are still their hardest matchup - which has lead to more anti-Sam backrow like Paleozoic Canadia. Multiple copies of Fortune Lady Wind are great to force early activations of World Legacy Clash / Concentrating Current and get rid of battle traps.
This non-Neos variant of Invoked is new to the Tier list due to techs like the Tackle Crusader / Rock Bombardment combination to fuel Invoked Magellanica summons. Cards like Concentrating Current with multiple Aleister the Invoker have a huge OTK potential and Silent Magician alone is a decent problem for Darklords and Six Samurais. Even tho they usually forgo Beatdown for Light and Dark they have a big beatstick in Magellanica and effect disruption in Invoked Caliga, both of which are great. Sadly a second Tackle Crusader isn’t available for everyone, so I expect top results from a few players in the future but not a high general top cut representation.
Aside from Eduu16’s great MCS run Spellbooks had a rough week and got demoted to Tier 3. Even with the Invoked engine, the matchup against Darklords is still really bad. A higher representation in the Top Cuts next week could justify promotion to Tier 2 again but for now demotion seems appropriate.
There s a lot of ways to play Invoked and it has a lot of tech space. They can get out any of the Invoked fusions depending on the match ups. Combined with cards like Silent Magician and Concentrating Current this deck can be a huge threat for certain decks in the meta.
Fortune Lady stays at Tier 3 for the same reason as last week - its consistency holds the deck back
This deck is still maintained in the Meta, thanks to the fact that it can adapt to the meta with various staples to be able to fight the meta decks (Paleozoic Canadia for Six Samurais, Shadow-Imprisoning Mirror for Darklord, etc.)
Currently Slowbooks are in a difficult spot due to their disadvantage against meta decks and the amount of Darklords in the meta. Without the Invoked engine, Spellbooks wouldn’t even be tiered.
Spellbooks have a good matchup vs Invoked Neos and Desperado due to the an easy access to Invoked Cocytus. The big problem for Spellbooks are Darklords (alot of which are siding Posthumous Army which disrupts Spellbooks from getting their Silent Magician + Spellbook of Fate setup).
Unfortunately Triamids have fallen out of the meta as they struggle with the speed of the current tiered decks as well as the popular Invoked Cocytus. Even with these things going against them, they are especially vulnerable to cards such as World Legacy Clash and Cosmic Cyclone which are prominent in the current meta.
Low general representation and no top cut results resulted in the demotion of Triamids. They struggle hard against Invoked Neos. If World Legacy Clash would get hit by the banlist Triamid could have a comeback and increased top results together with Fortune Ladies just by virtue of not generally running it.
Triamids are the perfect example of a high floor, low ceiling deck - They cant do much in the current meta. Its best match up in Desperado is seeing less and less play due to Invoked Cocytus, so it’s off the Tier List for now.
Unfortunately for my friend Wayne, this is a reality, Triamids is no longer among the meta decks. As its main weakness, its low attack and its need to have a backrow to be able to fight the duel in some way, Triamids has shown that it is no longer at the level of a meta deck.
Triamids have been removed from the Tier List as the deck’s had little representation over the last week. With one of its better matchups in Desperado seeing less play it’s hard to justify bringing Triamids to a competitive event.
Triamids are probably one of the most consistent decks of all time. However, consistency alone isn’t enough to keep up with the top decks. They’re simply not powerful enough to be good in this meta. Maybe after a banlist, Wayne.
Triamids are a very consistent deck but they struggle against the two Top Tier decks. Desperado used to be one of the best decks and Triamids were a counter for it. Now that Desperado is being countered more easily with Invoked Cocytus we see much less Triamids being played.
Triamids continue to see low to nil representation in tournament play leading to logically falling off the Tier List. They are struggling to find an identity and could continue to fall into irrelevance or possibly bounce back if they are able to put together some strong showings to warrant placing it onto the Tier List. Darklords continue to be the bane of the deck’s existence but as focus is taken away from Darklords and backrow/field spell hate (and possibly a ban list) we could see a reemergence of Triamids in the future.
Tier List update written by Jadehex.